MSc by Research in Biosciences and Ecology
The MSc by Research in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences aims to develop researchers who are conceptually aware, who can utilise a range of skills and methods, and who can practise and develop their own research capabilities, and disseminate that research in a meaningful way.
20% Alumni discount
UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.
Students from across our MSc by Research subject areas share a programme of study that explores the challenges common to all researchers. After these taught modules, students will then undertake an individual research project that will take the form of a dissertation or other research output agreed with their supervisor (e.g. two journal articles).
Full-time students will have 8 months to complete their research, while part-time students will have 20 months to complete. Upon successful completion of the Research Project students will be awarded an MSc by Research in their subject area.
We have two key research areas, the Biomolecular Research Group and our Ecology Research Group. Expertise within the Life Sciences includes animal behaviour, bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, chemical and structural biology, ecology, environmental management, and evolutionary genetics.
The available supervisors for the MSc by Research in Biosciences and the MSc by Research in Ecology are those who would supervise the MPhil/PhD Biological Sciences. Staff details and expertise can be found on our postgraduate supervisors page.
2017/18 tuition fees for this course
||£2,525 (90 Credits) / £1,685 (60 Credits)
Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course.
Government loans of up to £10,000 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2017. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.
The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948
Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.
"The part-time fees quoted relate to courses taken over 2 years (90 credits per year) or 3 years (60 credits per year)."
Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.
**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.
Additional course costs
Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.
Costs applicable to all students
||Own purchase text books
|Travel to other sites
||Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
|Library Fees and Fines
||Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
|Printing & Photocopying
||The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
||It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student
General principle policy
The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here
|Category||Included in the tuition fee||Additional cost to student|
|Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)
||No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module.
||Yes if the trip is optional.
|Travel and accommodation costs for placements
Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.
Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements.
||Own purchase text books.
|DBS / Health checks
|Professional Body registration
|Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons)
|Clothing / Kit
||Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons.
||Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
||Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course.
||Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
|Library fees and fines
|Printing and photocopying
||No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
||Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
||It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself.
||Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.
How to apply
Before you begin your application you will need to consult with the relevant academic to help determine a viable research project. Once you have contacted a supervisor, you will need to complete the following application information form.
Once completed, please start your full application online. You will be required to upload your application information form during the online application.
For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.
About Life Sciences
We are a close-knit community of academics, researchers and students dedicated to the study of Life Sciences. You would be joining an active and dynamic post-graduate community and would have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from this community. Find out more about the section of Life Sciences. You can also find out more about our research.